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Bay City Rollers

  • Bay City Rollers [Arista, 1975] C
  • Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter [Arista, 1976] C+
  • Greatest Hits [Arista, 1978] C+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Bay City Rollers [Arista, 1975]
I was hoping I wouldn't have to mention this, but the single has made the push to the top. So . . . what you figured, too bland to be offensive yet, more Partridge Family than Osmonds. Noormal geeze just like yew. C

Rock 'n' Roll Love Letter [Arista, 1976]
I started playing this 'cos I got hooked on the title single, which they didn't write. Then I got to like the production on "I Only Wanna Dance With You," which needless to say they didn't produce. Nevertheless, cooler than the Osmonds. C+

Greatest Hits [Arista, 1978]
Rollermania in this country was pretty depressing--1977's "You Made Me Believe in Magic," the last of their three top-tenners, could have been by Bread or Barry Manilow, and better the Partridge Family than that. Still, they got to put their name on three great singles, more than most people who make albums (or singles) manage: the number-one breakthrough "Saturday Night," the semistiff "Rock and Roll Love Letter," and the completely stiff "Yesterday's Heroes," a 1976 song about how they had to take command or fade away that was written for them--at their command, I'm sure--by Vanda & Young. C+